28:1 To you, O Lord, I cry out!
My protector,2 do not ignore me!3
If you do not respond to me,4
I will join5 those who are descending into the grave.6
28:2 Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to you for help,
when I lift my hands7 toward your holy temple!8
28:3 Do not drag me away with evil men,
with those who behave wickedly,9
who talk so friendly to their neighbors,10
while they plan to harm them!11
28:4 Pay them back for their evil deeds!
Pay them back for what they do!
28:5 For they do not understand the Lord’s actions,
or the way he carries out justice.13
The Lord14 will permanently demolish them.15
28:6 The Lord deserves praise,16
for he has heard my plea for mercy!17
28:7 The Lord strengthens and protects me;18
I trust in him with all my heart.19
I am rescued20 and my heart is full of joy;21
I will sing to him in gratitude.22
28:8 The Lord strengthens his people;23
he protects and delivers his chosen king.24
28:9 Deliver your people!
Empower25 the nation that belongs to you!26
Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms27 at all times!28